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Autumn - Poem by Charles Sangster

If seasons, like the human race, had souls,
Then two artistic spirits live within
The Chameleon mind of Autumn-these,
The Poet's mentor and the Painter's guide.
The myriad-thoughted phases of the mind
Are truly represented by the hues
That thrill the forests with prophetic fire.
And what could painter's skill compared to these?
What palette ever held the flaming tints
That on these leafy hieroglyphs foretell
How set the ebbing currents of the year?
What poet's page was ever like to this,
Or told the lesson of life's waning days
More forcibly, with more of natural truth,
Than yon red maples, or these poplars, white
As the pale shroud that wraps some human corse?
And then, again, the spirit of a King,
Clothed with that majesty most monarchs lack,
Might fit old Autumn for his royal rule:
For here is kingly ermine, cloth of gold,
And purple robes well worthy to be worn
By the best monarch that e'er donned a crown.

Proclaim him Royal Autumn! Poet King!
The Laureate of the Seasons, whose rare songs
Are such as lyrist never hoped to fling
On the fine ear of an admiring world.
Autumn, the Poet, Painter, and true King!
His gorgeous Ideality speaks forth
From the rare colors of the changing leaves;
And the ripe blood that swells his purple veins
Is as the glowing of a sacred fire.
He walks with Shelley's spirit on the cliffs
Of the Ethereal Caucasus, and o'er
The summits of the Euganean hills;
And meets the soul of Wordsworth, in profound
And philosophic meditation, rapt
In some great dream of love towards
The human race. The cheery Spring may come,
And touch the dreaming flowers into life,
Summer expand her leafy sea of green,
And wake the joyful wilderness to song,
As a fair hand strikes music from a lyre:
But Autumn, from its daybreak to its close,
Setting in florid beauty, like the sun,
Robed with rare brightness and ethereal flame,
Holds all the year's ripe fruitage in its hands,
And dies with songs of praise upon its lips.

And then, the Indian Summer, bland as June:
Some Tuscarora King, Algonquin Seer,
Or Huron Chief, returned to smoke the Pipe
Of Peace upon the ancient hunting grounds;
The mighty shade in spirit walking forth
To feel the beauty of his native woods,
Flashing in Autumn vestures, or to mark
The scanty remnants of the scattered tribes
Wending towards their graves. Few Braves are left;
Few mighty Hunters; fewer stately Chiefs,
Like great Tecumseth fit to take the field,
And lead the tribes to certain victory,
Choosing annihilation to defeat:
But having run thy gauntlet of their days,
This Autumn remnant of some unknown race,
Nearing the Winter of their sad decay,
Fall like dry leaves into the lap of Time;
Their old trunks sapless, their tough branches bare,
And Fate's shrill war-whoop thund'ring at their heels.

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Poems About Autumn

  1. 101. Autumn , Charles Sangster
  2. 102. It's Autumn Again , Andrea Rieck
  3. 103. Haiku: Autumn Trees , john tiong chunghoo
  4. 104. My Indian Summer , Robert William Service
  5. 105. Mid July? Or Not , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  6. 106. Sent To Assistant Magistrate Han Chuo Of.. , Du Mu
  7. 107. Drinking Alone , Du Mu
  8. 108. We Have The Right To Love Autumn , Mahmoud Darwish
  9. 109. Autumn Leaves Its Scar , Terry Donovan
  10. 110. The Chimes Of Twilight , nimal dunuhinga
  11. 111. Autumn Morning , Marilyn Lott
  12. 112. An Amber Autumn , David DeAngelo
  13. 113. Hail To Autumn , Joseph T. Renaldi
  14. 114. Seasons , nick.. sorensen
  15. 115. Autumn Haiku , Sunil Uniyal
  16. 116. Wind O' The Autumn , Will. H. Ogilvie
  17. 117. Autumn Garden , indira babbellapati
  18. 118. The Cordell , Juan Olivarez
  19. 119. A Cup Of You , Framarz Bagheri
  20. 120. Inspired By Issa - Moon In The Autumn Dawn , john tiong chunghoo
  21. 121. Autumn Broke Today. , Fay Slimm
  22. 122. Autumn Feels , Catrina Heart
  23. 123. Autumn , Gomotsegang Sebadieta
  24. 124. ' In This Autumn Of The Year - .. , Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  25. 125. Before The Snow , George Parsons Lathrop
  26. 126. Seeing Off A Stork , Jurgis BaltruĊĦaitis
  27. 127. .the First Cool Breath Of Autumn , C R Clark
  28. 128. I Climb The Western Tower In Silence , Li Yu
  29. 129. Autumn Fair , Joseph T. Renaldi
  30. 130. Traces Of Autumn , Aldo Kraas
  31. 131. Autumn Blush , Mark R Slaughter
  32. 132. Mothers' Love , Ace Of Black Hearts
  33. 133. Autumn Equinox , Neela Nath Das
  34. 134. The Leaves Of Autumn Skies , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  35. 135. Autumn , Tarun Sharma
  36. 136. Farewell To Summer , Angela Wybrow
  37. 137. Change Of Seasons , Joseph T. Renaldi
  38. 138. Fade To Grey , Ophelia Deborah Payne Jarrett
  39. 139. Autumn Prayer , HyunSeung Kim
  40. 140. Autumn Gold , Marilyn Lott
  41. 141. Pumpkin Parade , Marilyn Lott
  42. 142. Autumn , Joseph Enright
  43. 143. Calling Of Autumn , gajanan mishra
  44. 144. Fall , Nancy Chambers
  45. 145. Sunset , Laurie hill
  46. 146. Autumn , ramesh rai
  47. 147. Autumn Came , Mula Veereswara Rao
  48. 148. One Autumn Day , Harold R Hunt Sr
  49. 149. Sigh Of Autumn , qin xing
  50. 150. Life Is, But Like A Dream , MOHAMMAD SKATI
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